Police investigate allegation of inappropriate conduct by substitute teacher at Creekside Middle School

Student claims he was touched by sub at Butler County school

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (FOX19) - Fairfield police are investigating a “concern” about a substitute teacher at Creekside Middle School, district officials said.

Officer Doug Day with the Fairfield Police Department said a male student made an allegation of inappropriate conduct about a male teacher.

“FCS Parents: Today 1/8 a Creekside MS student reported a concern re: a substitute teacher," Fairfield City Schools said in a tweet. "Allegation immediately turned over to Fairfield Police & is now active police investigation. It’s inappropriate for us to comment further. Statement will come when police deem appropriate.”

One year ago, on Jan. 8, 2019, students reported ‘suspicious’ behavior by another sub at Creekside Middle School that was taking place behind the teacher’s desk.

Tracey Abraham, 41, was caught masturbating in the classroom with students present.

School officials removed Abraham from the classroom once they became aware.

When he appeared in court, the judge gave him five years of probation and said he had to give up his teaching license and will not be allowed to work in any job where anyone under the age of 18 will be.

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Gina Gentry, a spokeswoman for Fairfield schools, said: “What we put out is all I can say, this is an active police investigation.”

Gentry also said she can’t speak to the vetting process of substitute teachers because “they are not our employees and we do not maintain personnel files on them.”

Butler County Educational Service Center’s Southwest Ohio Council of Governments manages the pool of subs for districts in Butler and Warren County, according to Gentry.

A spokesman says all SWO-COG certified substitute teachers undergo FBI and BCI background checks when they apply for the position.

They then undergo an FBI background screening every five years afterward.

In addition, eligible substitute teachers must have a valid teaching credential issued by the Ohio Department of Education, Adam Marcum said in a statement.

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